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Jan 31, 2013 6:00am PST
your district borders newtown, but to see your former colleague gabby giffords it's hard to describe the power of that isn't it? >> it is gabby was in the same class when we entered congress in '06. every wednesday afternoon we used to have a meeting as a group, and it is still kind of surreal to see what has happened, but her amazing strength as a person is just -- you know it's just -- words can't even really describe it. it's just so inspiring and so important that people -- the very simple direct short statement that she had that really framed exactly the challenge we have as a country. >> stephanie: and like you say it's hard to underestimate the courage it took for her to come and do that. that really was a surprise appearance, wasn't it? >> yeah the day she came in to vote on the debt limit, again it was just -- this is an incredibly good person with inner strength that, you know, continues to just sort of i think, amaze all of us, so -- and again her message yesterday was so important. >> stephanie: and i thought her husband mark kelly, incredibly powerful as well pa
Jan 30, 2013 6:00am PST
. former congresswoman gabby giffords opened the session by giving a statement. her husband mark kelly by her side. giffords says violence is a big problem. too many children are dying and while speaking is difficult forever her, she just has to tell congress, do something. >> it will be hard. but the time is now! you must act. be bold, be courageous americans are counting on you. thank you. >> she is so inspirational. kelly testified as well saying he and his wife both are gun owners and believe wholly and completely in the second amendment but that does not extend a terrorist to criminals and the mentally ill. just as giffords and kelly are speaking out, "the chicago tribune" reporting this morning that a high school sophomore who participated in the president's inaugural events just last week has been shot and killed. the 15-year-old was at a park after school on the south side of chicago yesterday when someone jumped a fence and opened fire on a group of teenagers who were gathered together under a canopy to avoid the rain. "the tribune" reports the park is known for gang activity and
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